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Precarious Visualities: New Perspectives on Identification in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture [Hardcover]

Olivier Asselin , Johanne Lamoureux , Christine Ross

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Book Description

Jan. 1 2008
Bringing together international scholars from various disciplines, "Precarious Visualities" examines the transformation of our relation to images in contemporary visual culture. Through the study of exemplary media arts works and practices - photography, film, video, performance, installations, webcams, etc - these essays call attention to the precarious attachments of contemporary spectatorship. To look at an image that prevents the stabilization of identification, identity and place; to perceive a representation that keeps oscillating between visibility and invisibility; to be interpellated by screen-images that have ceased to mirror, resemble or refer in that their power lies exclusively on their simulating, hallucinating, blinding or generating function; to relate to an image which entails a rebalancing of sight through the valorization of other senses; to be exposed - through surveillance devices - to the gaze of new figures of authority, unanticipated. Others: the aesthetic experiences examined here concern a spectator whose perception lacks in certainty, identification and opticality what it gains in fallibility, complexity and interrelatedness. Attentive to these precarious attachments, "Precarious Visualities" provides a new understanding of spectatorship, as a relation that is at once corporeal and imaginary, yet persistently prolific in its cultural, social and political effects.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (Jan. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773533850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773533851
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,222,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Olivier Asselin is associate professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Montréal.<br> <br>Johanne Lamoureux is professor in the Department of Art History, University of Montréal.<br> <br>Christine Ross is professor and James McGill

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